(2020) Charts the 54-year career of the pioneering female rocker, positioning Suzi as the trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of women who were to follow after her in the next decade, but whose trailblazing status was not sufficiently recognized by the music industry and contemporary audiences, especially in North America. "SUZI Q" reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent rock hits, like "Can The Can," "48 Crash" and "Daytona Demon" that were the vehicle for her explosion of gender stereotypes in rock n roll, rewriting the rule book for the expected image of women in rock music and reaching millions of people worldwide in the process. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Utopia Distribution).
(2019) Joaquín Cosio, Tobin Bell, Tate Ellington. Special Agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of shocking deaths. But after a priest from the Vatican finds a link between the murders and an ancient demon, a descent into horror ensues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(1989) Mike Hodges ("Flash Gordon," "Get Carter") wrote and directed this supernatural chiller as a meditation on the human race's ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette) is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father (Jason Robards). During a séance Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked, the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events journalist Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce) follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story ... with catastrophically eerie results. Sent direct to cable by its struggling distributor on initial release, "Black Rainbow" unfairly never got the exposure it deserved. Brand new restoration from the original negative approved by writer-director Mike Hodges, with original stereo 2.0 PCM uncompressed audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound options. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan; archival audio commentary by Mike Hodges; "Message in a Bottle" archival making-of documentary; archival featurettes "8 Minutes," "Disasters," "Seeing the Future," "Behind the Rainbow" featuring interviews with Hodges, Arquette, Robards, producer John Quested, including behind-the-scenes imagery; trailer;
reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Mike Hodges and more illustrated with stills. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Blood and Money
(2020) Tom Berenger, Kristen Hager, Paul Ben-Victor, Mark Sivertsen. A retired veteran (Berenger) hunting in the Allagash backcountry discovers a dead woman with a duffle bag full of money. He soon finds himself in a web of deceit and murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Screen Media Films).
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna
(2020-- Japan) Available for the first time in North America, this new movie features the last adventure of Tai and Agumon. Features both versions - English voice cast and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Now on the cusp of adulthood, Tai and his DigiDestined friends discover that with age their bonds with each of their Digimon will ultimately break. How does it end for Tai, Agumon and the others?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Shout! Factory).
(2019 -- Australia) Mark Leonard Winter, Geraldine Hakewill, Matilda Ridgway, Tom Wren, Greg Stone. Drama follows two couples who go to war over an allegation of child-on-child abuse. Australian documentary-maker Emily and her journalist husband Danny are reeling from an allegation of abuse their 4-year-old daughter Natasha has made against a local politician's 9-year-old son, Ethan. Ethan’s parents, Joel and Bek, arrive unannounced at Emily and Danny's house intent on convincing the couple that Natasha's allegation is a fabrication. Accusations, arguments, and the ultimate search for leverage turn their civil conversation into a vicious confrontation. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2020) Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart. Grace (Bening) lives an idyllic life until her 29-year marriage to Edward (Nighy) abruptly ends, leaving their only son (O'Conner) to pick up the pieces. As life unravels, Grace discovers it's never too late to be happy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Screen Media Films).
Inferno of Torture
(1969 -- Japan) Exploitation legend Teruo Ishii ("Horrors of Malformed Men") delivers one of his most extreme visions of violent eroticism in this, the sixth in his abnormal love series. Tattoos and torture await women forced into servitude in Ishii's "Inferno of Torture." Unable to repay a local lender, Yumi (Yumika Katayama) takes up an offer to serve as a geisha for two years with a promise of freedom once her debt is repaid. She quickly realizes that this is less a house of geishas than an extremely cruel brothel specializing in supplying western visitors with tattooed playthings. Taken under the wing of one of the leading tattoo artists vying for a coveted spot in the Shogun's good graces through his work, Yumi's body becomes a battleground as a rival artist becomes determined not to lose his spot at the top. When the madam, Otatsu (Mieko Fujimoto) trains her eye on the blossoming relationship between the benevolent artist Horihide (Teruo Yoshida) and his model, she makes sure than her stay is less than hospitable, inspiring the torturous inferno of the title. Following Ishii's legendary "Shogun's Joy of Torture" and "Orgies of Edo," the prolific filmmaker still manages to turn up the heat in this incredibly violent and salacious entry in a filmography unlike any other. From the film's opening scene depicting some of the most perverse violence ever captured on screen, through to the shock ending that will leave the audience's mouths agape, there's nothing quite like "Inferno of Torture." Tender romance clashes with vile sadism as a sea of tattooed female flesh floods nearly every frame of this film depicting Japan's Edo period as only Ishii could. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes; "Erotic Grotesque Nonsense & the Foundations of Japan’s Cult Counterculture," a condensed version of Jasper Sharp's Miskatonic Institute lecture; trailer;
reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris D. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) William DeCoff, Alexandra Cipolla, Sarah Michelle. The world of wrestling meets the bloody battlefields of horror. After losing their livelihoods, a crazed family of disgraced professional wrestlers embarks on a spree of murder and carnage to satisfy a deal made with a demonic entity from another dimension. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2019 -- Chile) Juan Carlos Maldonado, Alfredo Castro, Gastón Pauls. A prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, 20-year-old Jaime unaccountably stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion.” The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. A story of survival and love that takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s "Un Chant d’amour" and Fassbinder’s "Querelle" in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
(2020) Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Shaw Jones, Christian Prentice, Don Scribne. Isaac (Masson), a young NASA scientist, is investigating a meteor crash site, when he encounters — and is abducted by — extraterrestrials. Awaking three days later with no personal recollection of what happened, but with the event recorded on his camera, he attempts to share his discovery with the world. Faced with both believers and skeptics, Isaac becomes obsessed with finding incontrovertible proof, plunging him into a journey that encompasses both the other-worldly ... and the deadly. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Eric Demeusy, "Seeing The Craft: The Making Of Proximity," outtakes, trailer. (Shout! Studios).
Slay the Dragon
(2019) Ten years ago, a secretive high-tech gerrymandering initiative was launched with only one mission in mind: undermine American democracy. Although gerrymandering — the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve a single party — has been around for over a century, in today’s hyper-partisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information. Directed by Barak Goodman (“Woodstock,” “Oklahoma City”) and Chris Durrance (“Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character”), "Slay the Dragon" follows the real-life stories of everyday people fighting on the front lines to make sure their vote matters. As the 2020 Census approaches, American democracy is once again defending itself against those who might aim to manipulate district boundaries in an effort to sway elections. Now more than ever before, activists are taking a stand, making their voices heard and giving power back to the American people.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with directors Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, co-producer Grace McNally, and editor Seth Bomse. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Sorry We Missed You
(2019 -- UK) Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor, Ross Brewster, Charlie Richmond. The British working class is once again the empathetic subject of Ken Loach's wrenching, intimate family drama that exposes the dark side of the so-called "gig economy." Ricky, a former laborer, and his home-attendant wife Abby -- who lost their home in the 2008 financial crash -- are desperate to get out of their economic distress. When an opportunity comes up for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they trade in their only asset, Abby's car, for a shiny new white van and the dream that Ricky can work his way up to someday owning his own delivery franchise. But the couple find their lives are quickly pushed further to the edge by an unrelenting work schedule, a ruthless supervisor and the needs of their two teenage children. Capturing the sacred moments that make a family as well as the acts of desperation they need to undertake to make it through each day, this universal story is skillfully and indelibly told with unforgettable performances and a searing script by Loach's long-time collaborator Paul Laverty. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty; "Making Sorry We Missed You"; deleted scenes; gallery; paintings by Aidan Doyle; theatrical trailer. (Zeitgeist Films).
Trolls World Tour Dance Party Edition
(2020) Voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Rachel Bloom, Jamie Dornan, Kenan Thompson, James Corden, Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson.Paak, Sam Rockwell, J Balvin, Anthony Ramos. Queen Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms —- Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock -- that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind. Read more about "Trolls World Tour" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Dance Party Mode": Viewers are introduced to dance moves to learn while they watch the film, lyrics to sing along, and surprises featuring their favorite characters; "Tiny Diamond Goes Back to School original short film;" Trolls Dance Academy" compilation of how-to-dance pieces from Dance Party Mode (Pop, Waltz, Country, Funk, KPop, Reggaeton); "Trolls World Tourist Map" "tourist guide's" view of the six realms that make up Trolls Kingdom: Trolls Village, Symphonyville, Lonesome Flats, Vibe City, Volcano Rock City, Techno Reef); deleted scenes; "Trolls Perfect Harmony"featurette on the cast and crews favorite types of music; "Trolls World Tour Backstage" behind-the-scenes making of featurette; commentary. (Universal
(2019) Mason McNulty, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Mark Proksch. A bizarre retro comedy shot entirely on VHS, the film takes us back to a simpler time, when 12-year-old Ralph mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape. The result is a nostalgic wave of home shopping clips, censored pornography, and nefarious true-crime tales that threaten to unkindly rewind Ralph’s reality.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
The War of the Worlds
(1953) A mysterious, meteorlike object has landed in a small California town. All clocks have stopped. A fleet of glowing green UFOs hovers menacingly over the entire globe. The Martian invasion of Earth has begun, and it seems that nothing -- neither military might nor the scientific know-how of nuclear physicist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) -- can stop it. In the expert hands of genre specialists George Pal and Byron Haskin, H. G. Wells's end-of-civilization classic receives a chilling Cold War-era update, complete with hallucinatory Technicolor and visionary, Oscar-winning special effects. Emblazoned with iconographic images of 1950s science fiction, "The War of the Worlds" is both an influential triumph of visual imagination and a still-disquieting document of the wonder and terror of the atomic age. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; new alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by sound designer Ben Burtt and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren; "Movie Archaeologists," a new program on the visual and sound effects in the film featuring Burtt and film historian Craig Barron; "From the Archive," a new program about the film's restoration featuring Barron, Burtt, and Paramount Pictures archivist Andrea Kalas; audio interview with producer George Pal from 1970; "The Sky Is Falling," a 2005 documentary about the making of the film; The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds" from 1938, directed and narrated by Orson Welles; radio program from 1940 featuring a discussion between Welles and H. G. Wells, author of the 1897 novel "The War of the Worlds," trailer; an essay by film critic J. Hoberman. (The Criterion Collection).
Zombie For Sale
(2019 -- South Korea) An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where "Train to Busan," "The Quiet Family" and "Warm Bodies" collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae. When the illegal human experiments at Korea's biggest pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their "undead" test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family - a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life. The family then hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong. With a cabbage-munching zombie who prefers ketchup over blood, and a dysfunctional family that gives the Kim family of "Parasite" a run for their money, "Zombie for Sale" will warm the deadest of hearts and breathe some new life into the zombie genre. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin; Q&A with director Lee Min-jae from a 2019 screening at Asian Pop-Up Cinema in Chicago, moderated by film critic and author Darcy Paquet; "Eat Together, Kill Together: The Family-in-Peril Comedy" new video essay by critic and producer Pierce Conran exploring Korea's unique social satires; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes footage;
original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Mike Lee-Graham; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Josh Hurtado. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2011) Seven years in the making, "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" is an intimate, affecting portrait by celebrated filmmaker Marie Losier ("Cassandro, the Exotico!") chronicling the life and work of pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge -- starting with the innovative industrial music group Throbbing Gristle in the '70s to the underground video art outfit Psychic TV -- and how h/er chance encounter with a dominatrix/performance artist in New York called Lady Jaye brought about a singular and enduring artistic collaboration and a brazen partnership that defied all perceptions of love.Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with Lady Jaye, Orlan, Gibby Haynes, and Sleazy; outtakes featuring Psychic TV/PTV3 and Tony Conrad; "Papal Broken-Dance," a short film by Marie Losier; theatrical trailer. (Adopt Films).
Berenstain Bears: Bear Family Vacation
(2020) It's time to hit the road with the Bear Family. Join Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother as they head out on vacation for some family fun. First, in "Too Much Vacation," they arrive at a mountain cabin. Although Papa promises the best vacation ever, things at the cabin don't go according to plan. Then, the family heads to an amusement park in "Visit Fun Park." Brother boasts to his friends that he can ride the legendary thunderbolt roller coaster fearlessly, but a problem arises when his nerves take over as they get to the park and he sees the roller coaster for himself. The Bear Family also vacations in an old lighthouse, tours Bear Country's National Parks, hosts a family reunion, and more. Formats: DVD. (PBS Kids).
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits
In the early 1970s, a kung-fu dynamo named Bruce Lee side-kicked his way onto the screen and straight into pop-culture immortality. With his magnetic screen presence, tightly coiled intensity, and superhuman martial-arts prowess, Lee was an icon who conquered both Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema, and transformed the art of the action film in the process. This collection brings together the five films that define the Lee legend: furiously exciting fist-fliers propelled by his innovative choreography, unique martial-arts philosophy, and whirlwind fighting style. Though he completed only a handful of films while at the peak of his stardom before his untimely death at age 32, Lee left behind a monumental legacy as both a consummate entertainer and a supremely disciplined artist who made Hong Kong action cinema a sensation the world over. Seven-disc Blu-ray set includes high-defintion restorations of "The Big Boss" (1971), "Fist of Fury" (1972), "The Way of the Dragon:" (1972), "Enter the dragon" (1973), "Game of Death" (1978), a high-definition presentation of "Game of Death II," the 1981 sequel to "Game of Death," "Blood and Steel," a 2004 documentary about the making of "Enter the Dragon," multiple programs and documentaries about Lee’s life and philosophies, interviews, commentaries, an essay by critic Jeff Chang. Formats: Blu-ray. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016 -- Hungary/UK) Brian Cox, Coco König, Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor, Karl Johnson. An odd-couple dramedy about an irascible, terminally ill acting legend and his plucky caregiver. Dorottya (König) is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford (Cox) suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his carer they both hope their wish will be fulfilled. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Interviews. (Corinth Films).
(2020) Lizze Gordon, Jennifer Cipolla, Margot Major, Adam Horner, Terri Ivens. Five undergrad witches come together in order to perform a ritual to invoke the ancient powers of the witch Ashura. The leader of the coven gets carried away and accidentally kills one of the witches during the ritual. Since she needs the strength of a complete coven to invoke Ashura’s powers, she sends them out to find a final witch. As she absorbs power the surviving girls plot to take her down but she unleashes hell on campus with only one young witch left to stop her. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2018) Southeast Asia, 1960's. Flash point of the Cold War. This documentary tells the inspiring story of a small group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists — David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and the great photojournalist Horst Faas — who fought to report a truth that was vastly different from the rosy version put forth by the White House during the early years of the Vietnam War ... even as their own government sought to discredit them. Narrated by Sam Waterston. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
Enter the Fat Dragon
(2020 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Teresa Mo, Niki Chow, Wong Jing. The action comedy chronicles the events that transformed super-fit super-cop Fallon Zhu (Yen) into a records clerk with a major snack cake habit. After a desperate request from an old colleague, Zhu teams up with a wily, wok-wielding restaurateur to solve a mysterious murder -- and take his one last shot at regaining both his job and his fiancée. A parody of Bruce Lee's 1972 "Way of the Dragon" and a reimagining of the popular 1978 comedy martial arts film starring Sammo Hung. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(1953-- Japan) This drama is a powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world's first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book "Children of the A Bomb: Testament of the Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima." Adapted for the screen by independent director Hideo Sekigawa and screenwriter Yasutaro Yagi, "Hiroshima" combines a harrowing documentary realism with moving human drama, in a tale of the suffering, endurance and survival of a group of teachers, their students and their families. It boasts a rousing score composed by Akira Ifukube ("Godzilla") and an all-star cast including Yumeji Tsukioka ("Late Spring"), Isuzu Yamada ("Throne of Blood," "Yojimbo") and Eiji Okada ("Hiroshima Mon Amour," "Woman in the Dunes"), appearing alongside an estimated 90,000 residents from the city as extras, including many survivors from that fateful day on 6th August 1945. "Hiroshima" was produced and distributed outside of the studio system by the Japan Teachers' Union following the mixed critical reception to "Children of Hiroshima" (1952), directed by Kaneto Shindo the previous year, the first dramatic feature to deal directly with the atomic bombing. Although sequences from the film were used in Alain Resnais' classic of French New Wave cinema, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959), it has been effectively out of circulation in Japan and the rest of the world since its original release in 1953 due to the force and political sensitivity of its message. This new high definition presentation is the complete version, restoring the footage from the international edit that was released in the United States in 1955. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Archive interview with actress Yumeji Tsukioka; "Hiroshima Nagasaki Download" (2011), 73-minute documentary featuring interviews with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings now residing in the United States, with an introduction by the director Shinpei Takeda; new video essay by Jasper Sharp; bewly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mick Broderick. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Alex Essoe, Precious Chong. Michelle is an interior designer and newlywed to Robert. Linda lives alone and fills her days with painting and exercise classes. Seeking a new friend, Linda coerces the reserved, deferential Michelle into visiting her home for a spontaneous interior design consultation. Once inside, it quickly becomes clear that Linda has something far more sinister on her mind than throw pillows. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Kiss of the Vampire Collector’s Edition
(1963) Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward De Souza, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren. Highly sought-after Hammer Film cult classic, in a new 2K scan of the interpositive in two aspect ratios (1.85:1 and 1.66:1). Lost on the way to their honeymoon, a young couple stumbles upon a mysterious family of vampires and their unspeakably evil leader. When a wrong turn leaves newlyweds Marianne and Gerald Harcourt stranded in a remote Bavarian forest, they have no choice but to accept the hospitality of the hypnotic Dr. Ravna, distinguished lord of a nearby castle. Ravna uses his "children" to lure the newlyweds to his lair, and soon they are plunged into a nightmare of horror and deception from which there may be no escape. Their only hope is Professor Zimmer, who calls upon an ancient ritual in a desperate attempt to destroy the vampires and free Marianne from Ravna's power. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr on the 1.66:1 version; new "The Men Who Made Hammer: Composer James Bernard"; new "The Men Who Made Hammer: Production Designer Bernard Robinson"; audio Commentary with actors Edward De Souza and Jennifer Daniels, moderated by Peter Irving on the 1.85:1 version; Theatrical Trailer; TV Spot; TV Version "Kiss of Evil" with optional audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson (in standard definition – 1.33.1); additional scenes added to the TV version "Kiss of Evil";" Kiss of Evil" TV trailer. (Scream Factory).
The Lady Eve
(1941) Barbara Stanwyck sizzles, Henry Fonda bumbles, and Preston Sturges runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoonworthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck's conniving card sharp sets her sights on Fonda's nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts -- and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote, directed, and produced as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling wit with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film professor Marian Keane; introduction from 2001 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; interview from 2020 with writer-director Preston Sturges's biographer and son Tom Sturges and friends; new video essay by film critic David Cairns; costume designs by Edith Head; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1942 featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland; audio recording of "Up the Amazon," a song from an unproduced stage musical based on the film; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1946 profile of Preston Sturges from LIFE magazine. (The Criterion Collection).
(1976 -- Italy) Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill. Gabriele d'Annunzio's passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-19th century Italy, Tullio (Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Antonelli) and neglects her for his mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (O'Neill). After learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness. New digital restoration.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Reframing L'innocente" video essay by author Ivo Blom, 16-page booklet with new essay by author Dan Callahan. (Film Movement Classics).
Mädchen in Uniform
(1931 -- Germany) A vital landmark in the history of queer cinema, "Mädchen in Uniform" is a remarkably brave and honest film about nascent love between women at a boarding school for girls. Vulnerable and quiet, Manuela von Meinhardis (Hertha Thiele) struggles to adjust to the stern discipline of the heavily-regimented institution. In time, she gains confidence through a friendship with one of her teachers (Dorothea Wieck). But no relationship between women, no matter how chaste, is to be permitted, and under the constant threat of punishment or expulsion, Manuela desperately tries to keep hope and love alive. Beyond its acclaim as a groundbreaking work in LGBTQ culture, "Mädchen in Uniform" has also been hailed as a timeless fable of the struggle of the innocent against the totalitarian forces of oppression-especially poignant since it was produced in Germany amidst the rise of the Nazi Party.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Jenni Olson. (Kino Lorber).
Mr. No Legs
(1974) Richard Jaeckel, John Agar, Rance Howard, Ted Vollrath. Double amputee, Mr. No Legs, may not seem much of a threat at first, but cross him and you'll see why he's Florida's ruthless drug kingpin D'Angelo's deadliest enforcer. With his unique martial arts mastery and shotgun-wielding wheelchair, Mr. No Legs is virtually unstoppable. But when a henchman kills the sister of a straight-shooting cop, D'Angelo's whole enterprise may come undone and threaten to bring No Legs down with it. New 2k Restoration from EXTREMELY RARE French 35mm Print. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: English, French, and German audio options, stills gallery. (Massacre Video).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 13
(2019) Armed with gadgets and gizmos a plenty, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and his associates solve 18 cases across the many stratums and evolving manners of Victorian society. Set in the late 19th century in Toronto, the methodical and dashing Detective Murdoch enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Season 13 follows Murdoch as he continues his deft detective work with new innovations, including a “searchizer” device that measures facial features and matches them with existing police files. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Q&A with Yannick Bisson and Daniel Maslany. (Acorn Media).
(2019) Micah Lyons, Tom Sizemore, Glenn Morshower. After losing their parents in a car accident, Ryan must raise his rebellious teenage sister, Zoe. One night, Zoe sneaks out to a party and is abducted by a charming older boy who intends to sell her to a cartel known for human trafficking. Now, Ryan and his best friend have just hours to track them down and save her before she is sold and dragged across the Mexican border, never to be seen again. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Specials BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Rob Lowe, Thomas Hayden Church, Jamie Kennedy, Paget Brewster, Judy Greer, Jordan Ladd. They’re the sixth (okay, maybe the seventh) greatest superhero team in the entire world. At their modest suburban headquarters, The Strobe (Haden Church), The Weevil (Lowe), foul-mouthed Amok (Kennedy), Ms. Indestructible (Brewster), Deadly Girl (Greer), new member Nightbird (Ladd) and the rest all spend their time bickering, having extramarital affairs, and preparing for the grand unveiling of their own action figure line. But when a furious Strobe suddenly disbands the group, who will be there for the oddballs, rebels, outcasts and geeks? Before they save the world, can they save themselves? Brand new 2K scan and restoration from the film’s interpositive. Extras: Theatrical trailer; "Mojo’s Magic: The Specials Effects" featurette; 2000 audio commentary with director Craig Mazin, writer-actor James Gunn, producer Mark A. Altman and Visual effects supervisor Mojo; 2005 with writer-actor James Gunn and actress Paget Brewster; deleted scenes; wedding video; toy commercial; behind-the-scenes photos. (La-La Land Entertainment).
(2018) Virginia Gardner, Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft, Natalie Mitchell, Tanroh Ishida. When a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days, it appears as if only Aubrey (Gardner) is left on earth. Trapped in the apartment of her recently deceased best friend, the only clue she has is a single cassette left behind after her friend’s death, labeled, "THIS MIXTAPE WILL SAVE THE WORLD." Thrust into a mystery orchestrated by her friend and stricken with grief, Aubrey begins to piece the clues together, uncovering a series of tapes, all with pieces of the mystery signal. Her progress is impeded when monstrous creatures begin to overrun the world and close in on her. Aubrey is forced to fight off the encroaching creatures and move beyond her own crippling grief in order to find the remaining tapes and possibly save the world. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus CD with "Starfish’s" score, two audio commentaries, making-of featurette, deleted scenes, Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse, "The Tortoises" featurette, "The Power of Your Voice" featurette, music video: Ghostlight - "Racehorse," "Starfish" test sizzle, director introduction, original theatrical trailer, reversible artwork. (Altered Innocence).
(2020 -- Russia) Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov, Alexander Petrov, Yura Borisov, Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Garmash. Two years have passed since an alien spaceship crash-landed in Chertanovo. After her direct contact with extra terrestrial technologies, Julia, a previously ordinary girl, has become an object of study at the Ministry of Defense's secret labs. While undergoing their analysis, she discovers she is developing seemingly impossible superhuman powers. And soon she finds that not only are her fellow humans out to harness her newfound abilities, but that her amazing potential has made her the target of new intergalactic entities, plunging the world into a cosmic threat. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
(1988) A man of action who can fight with the best of them and a cab driver who would give the Transporter a run for his money, pair up to save a young girl from the clutches of an evil criminal magnate in this adventure thrill-ride. The Bloodstone, a priceless stolen ruby, accidentally ends up in the possession of American newlyweds Sandy (Brett Stimel) and Stephanie (Anna Nicholas). Now, their honeymoon in India is interrupted as they become the target of international fence Van Hoeven (Christopher Neame) and his evil henchmen. When Van Hoeven kidnaps Stephanie and ransoms her for the jewel, Sandy joins forces with cabby and dormant stunt-driver Shyam Sabu (Rajinikanth) to rescue his young bride. Co-written and produced by genre film luminary Nico Mastorakis ("Island of Death," "The Wind") and featuring a stellar performance by legendary Tamil megastar Rajinikanth in his first English-language role, "Bloodstone" is an action-packed romp full of thrills, kick-ass one liners and venomous cobras. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by Bryan Reesman; "Keeping it to Myself" new interview with producer and co-writer Nico Mastorakis; new video essay on "Bloodstone’s" star Rajinikanth by Indian cinema expert Josh Hurtado; trailers; image gallery; original screenplay [BD-ROM content]; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliff. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Castle Rock: The Complete Second Season
(2019) Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray with all 10 episodes. Stephen King’s multiverse is a place that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of the best-selling author’s best-loved works. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in the small town of Castle Rock. Local businessman Reginald “Pop” Merrill is dragged into the fight, when Pop’s nephew, legendary bully John “Ace” Merrill, stirs up trouble. It’s another eerily unforgettable season of Castle Rock, as the mysterious town’s ongoing epic saga continues to unfold. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner).
(1984 -- Hungary) Set in the lead-up to WWI, István Szabó's Academy Award nominated "Colonel Redl" charts the meteoric rise of Alfred Redl (Klaus Maria Brandauer) from a family of railway workers to his post leading counter-intelligence in the Austro-Hungarian Army, rubbing elbows with the Crown Prince (Armin Mueller-Stahl). His hidden homosexuality, however, is used against him by enemies of the state, putting both his professional standing and his country's security in dire straits. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Booklet essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri (Blu-ray only); "The Central Europe of István Szabó"; remembrance of production designer József Romvári; trailer. (Kino Lorber).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Tenth Season
(2020) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series that revolves around a fictionalized, gleefully misanthropic version of Larry David as a ubiquitous camera chronicles the private, often banal world of this -- relatively -- private man. In the latest season, Larry gets into a series of escalating predicaments as he takes on a major project to spite a new adversary which ends up proving to be an undertaking way more complicated than he anticipated. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
(2018) Chris Geere, Tina Ivlev), David Newman, Martha Higareda. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Formats: DVD. (RLJE Films).
Life Is a Long Quiet River
(1988 -- France) An outrageously wicked comedy about two families from award winning debut filmmaker Étienne Chatiliez, this fast-paced satire became the most popular French comedy of the decade. The radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys with their immaculate children and perfect manners and the grubby, disreputable Groseilles are thrown together in absurd chaos by an act of revenge as they discover that 12 years prior their babies were switched at birth. A witty send up of class relations and family ties, "Life Is a Long Quiet River" was celebrated with a host of trophies at France's César Awards ceremony winning for best screenplay, best debut work and acting prizes for Héléne Vincent and Catherine Jacob. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Archival interviews with director Étienne Chatiliez, actor André Wilms, co-writer/co-producer Florence Quentin and producer Charles Gassot; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Romney. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) A love story about divorce. A marriage coming apart and a family coming together. "Marriage Story" is a hilarious and harrowing, sharply observed, and deeply compassionate film from the acclaimed writer-director Noah Baumbach. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson deliver tour-de-force performances as Charlie, a charismatic New York theater director wedded to his work, and Nicole, an actor who is ready to change her own life. Their hopes for an amicable divorce fade as they are drawn into a system that pits them against each other and forces them to redefine their relationship and their family. Features bravura, finely drawn supporting turns from Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and Laura Dern -- who won an Academy Award for her performance here -- as the trio of lawyers who preside over the legal battle.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Baumbach; "The Players," a new program featuring interviews with actors Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta; "The Filmmakers," a new program about the production of the film, featuring interviews with Baumbach, editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Jade Healy, costume designer Mark Bridges, and producer David Heyman; "The Making of Marriage Story," a new program featuring behind-the-scenes footage; new interviews with composer Randy Newman and Baumbach about the film's score; new program featuring Baumbach walking the viewer through a key location from the film; trailers; notes on the film by novelist Linn Ullmann. (The Criterion Collection).
MASTERPIECE Mystery!: Grantchester, Season 5
(2020) Two-disc set with all six episodes. It's 1957, and Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) has settled into his role as the vicar of Grantchester, preaching to a packed church. His best friend, Detective Inspector Georgie Keating (Robson Green), has come to accept his wife Cathy's commitment to her job. Mrs. C. happily juggles her roles as the vicarage housekeeper and being a well-to-do married woman. But Will's faith will be thoroughly tested as he and Georgie are reminded once more that there's darkness lurking in their little corner of Cambridgeshire. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(1981 -- Hungary) Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 1981, "Mephisto" is a malevolent masterwork from Hungarian director István Szabó. It concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Brilliantly adapted from Klaus Mann's 1936 novel, it is presented in a stunning 4K restoration by the Hungarian National Film Archive. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan, booklet essay by flm critic Bilge Ebiri (Blu-ray only), "The Central Europe of István Szabó"; remembrance of production designer József Romvári; trailer. (Kino Lorber).
(2019) Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Janssens. When Kate and Matt leave the city to move into an old house, they discover a secret hidden room that has the extraordinary power to materialize anything they wish for. Their new life becomes a true fairytale. Yet beneath this apparent state of bliss, something darker lurks: some wishes can have dire consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2019 -- Japan) Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shota Sometani, Danny Huston. A stunning visual feast complemented by a haunting score from iconic composer Philip Glass. Inspired by a race still held annually in Japan, this is a lively action flick with a samurai twist. In late feudal Japan, a young ninja (Satoh) operates undercover in the court of an aging lord and his rebellious daughter. When the lord challenges his lazy samurai to a punishing marathon—joined covertly by Princess Yuki—the ninja finds his loyalties put to the test. Facing impossible odds, this unusual band of characters is running a race to either win or die. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2020) Voices of Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried. A fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure that reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global "dogpocalypse," the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
Survive the Night
(2019) Chad Michael Murray, Bruce Willis, Shea Buckner, Tyler Jon Olson, Lydia Hull, Riley Wolfe Rach. After two brothers commit a robbery that goes wrong, one of them, Mathias, is mortally wounded, forcing sibling Jamie to stalk a trauma doctor named Rich (Murray) from the hospital to his home. While holding Rich’s wife and daughter hostage, Jamie forces him to operate on Mathias. For the family to survive the night, Rich must team up with his estranged tough-as-nails father, retired sheriff Frank (Willis), in order to gain the upper hand and turn the tables on the criminals. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) In 1985, Philadelphia police -- at the behest of Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. -- dropped a military-grade explosive on a residential building to end a standoff with Black liberation group, MOVE. The resulting fire caused by the C-4 bomb destroyed many buildings, and set a new standard for institutionalized violence: 11 people, including 5 children were killed. "Target: Philadelphia" explores the rise of police militarization within the parallel contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that incubates movements like Black Lives Matter. Interviewees include Jannie Blackwell, a seven-term West Philly councilwoman, members of MOVE, including Mike Africa Jr., Jerry Ford Africa, Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa and Mo Africa, Omali Yeshitela, founder of founder of the Uhuru Movement, an African Internationalist organization and Dr. Will Guzmán, a noted scholar of African/African American history and culture. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (IndiPix Films).
Taste of Cherry
(1997) The first Iranian film to win the Palme d'Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great Abbas Kiarostami follows the middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) as he drives around the hilly outskirts of Tehran looking for someone who will agree to dispose of his body after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Extended conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian, and a taxidermist) elicit different views of mortality and individual choice. Operating at once as a closely observed, realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, "Taste of Cherry" challenges the viewer to consider what often goes unexamined in everyday life.
Formats:Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: :"Project," Abbas Kiarostami's 39-minute 1997 sketch film for "Taste of Cherry," made with the director's son Bahman Kiarostami; new interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy; rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami; trailer; an essay by critic A. S. Hamrah. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019 -- Romania) Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Sabin Tambrea. Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law to carry out a high-stakes heist with Gilda, his criminally aligned co-conspirator who helps him navigate dangerous mob territories. Cristi and Gilda seek help from prisoner and lawless businessman Zsolt, as he is the sole individual who can locate the hidden fortune. Under heavy police surveillance, the menacing duo learn a secret whistling language on the Canary Islands to communicate freely as they carry out the treacherous mission. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Wild Goose Lake
(2019 -- China) Hu Ge, Gwei Lun-mei, Liao Fan. The elegantly down-and-dirty film follows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head. Director Diao Yinan proves his action bona fides in a series of stylized set pieces and violent shocks, simultaneously devising a romance between Zhou and a mysterious young woman who’s out to either help or betray him. Yinan’s much anticipated follow-up to his amazing breakthrough film "Black Coal, Thin Ice." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Diao Yinan behind-the-scenes featurette; interview with stars Hu Ge and Gwei Lun Mei; bonus short film -- "The Goddess" (Directed by Renkai Tan, United States, China, Chinese with English subtitles): A young woman decides to take justice into her own hands after a traumatic assault. Based on a true story. (Film Movement).
You Don’t Nomi
(2019) In 1995, director Paul Verhoeven's salacious "Showgirls" -- a nasty, over-the-top sex-and-sadism filled exploration of the trials and tribulations of a young woman who hitchhikes to Las Vegas to make it as a chorus girl -- opened with an NC-17 rating and alienated literally every film critic in the country. The film was trounced in reviews and died at the boxoffice. Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas had a falling out and star Elizabeth Berkley (who played the lead, Nomi Malone), fresh off the bland TV series "Saved by the Bell," was dropped by her agent and was pretty much black-listed in Hollywood. Because of its notoriety, "Showgirls" was a success on home video; since its release it has amassed north of $100 million. In the intervening years, "Showgirls" has become a cult classic, and has been re-evaluated as more than just a sensational, trashy nudie exploitation film, transcending the "so-bad-it's-good" category. The film has been defended by such critics as J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Even Jacques Rivette, founder of the French New Wave, piped in, calling it in 1998 "one of the great American films of the last few years" for its unflinching look at the dark side of entertainment celebrityhood. Even Berkley's career picked up; she went on to star in dozens of Broadway productions -- to critical raves -- and carved out scores of roles on TV.
In this documentary, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of the film, from its disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. The film features Adam Nayman ("Vice Guide to Film") and Peaches Christ (who hosts midnight screenings in San Francisco) as well as archive interview footage with the cast and crew. If you haven't yet seen "Showgirls," this documentary is a great introduction to it. It's fast-paced and well-balanced, deconstructing "Showgirls" with supporters and naysayers alike. Director Jeffrey McHale intersperses clips from other Verhoeven movies to place "Showgirls" in the context of the director's ouvre (most of his films have contained vibrant scenes of sex and violence ("Turkish Delight," "Katie Tippel," "RoboCop," "Total Recall" and the notorious "Basic Instinct") as well as centering it among other sex-oriented big screen productions ("Fatal Attraction" among them). And there's plenty of footage from midnight showings. Unfortunately, there's no modern interviews with Verhoeven, Eszterhas, Berkley or co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon (both of whose careers have flourished, thank you). All in all it's a fun adventure. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(2019) Documentary charts the early years of HandMade Films seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, key personnel, and the man who started it all: former Beatle George Harrison. With unreleased archive interviews and footage with Harrison, exclusive interviews with Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, Ray Cooper and unseen interviews with Bob Hoskins, the film explores HandMade’s baptism by fire, the risk it took in producing uniquely crafted intelligent films and the stories that grew up around it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Premiere Q&A filmed live, featuring Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Ray Cooper, presented by Sanjeev Bhaskar. (RLJE Films).
A Bigger Splash
(1974) An intimate and innovative film about English-born, California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking. Director Jack Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, an American named Peter Schlesinger. The result is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s, an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity, an invaluable view of art history in action, and a record of artistic creation that is itself a work of art.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Jack Hazan, booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Blu-ray only); "Love's Presentation" (1962); "Portrait of David Hockney" (1972); theatrical trailer. (Metrograph Pictures).
(2019) Heston Horwin, Jillian Harris, Matt Keyes. A psychological horror/sci-fi film about a young man's attempts to kill himself, only to find himself constantly reborn. When Becky, a young nursing student, receives a series of panicked messages from her suicidal older brother, Richie, she rushes over to check on him. When she gets to his apartment, she finds him alive and well - surrounded by copies of his own dead body. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Artsploitation Films).
(2020) Two-disc set with four episodes. Award-winning actor David Tennant ("Broadchurch," "Doctor Who") and award-winning actress Cush Jumbo ("The Good Fight," "Vera") lead an ensemble cast in UK Channel 4’s second highest-rating drama (total audience) in the past year. The psychological mystery explores the cause and aftermath of a horrific crime in a small Scottish community. Dr. Kendrick (Tennant) is a trusted, admired and much-liked member of the community, doting father of three, and seemingly loving husband to Kate (Anna Madeley); their lives seem nothing short from perfect. But in one night the illusions of happiness and contentment are shattered as the community rushes to Kate and Tom’s home on fire. Amid the confusion, Kate and her children are found dead, and Tom, found unconscious in his bed, is rushed to the hospital. As more suspicious details of that night emerge, Jess (Jumbo) – who was Kate’s best friend and closest confidante - becomes desperate to understand what could have caused such a tragedy, and what secrets lie at the root of this terrible act. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
Hawaii Five-0: The Final Season
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. The Aloha State's elite task force returns to wipe out crime on the Hawaiian Islands one last time. In the 10th and final season, Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Five-O find themselves reeling from the shots fired at the headquarters. After the smoke clears, McGarrett recognizes a few familiar faces including his mom, Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), and imprisoned hacker Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence). The elite task force soon finds allies in their quest to wipe out crime that washes up on the islands' sun-drenched beaches. Also, Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) makes a special appearance in a "Magnum P.I." crossover episode. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Shorelines: Aloha": Cast, writers, and crew look back over the final season's biggest moments and reminisce about the end of the series' 10-year run; "Reflections on Five" interview with Alex O'Loughlin; deleted scenes; extended scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision
(2013 -- Germany) Sweeping black & white prequel to celebrated filmmaker Edgar Reitz's landmark "Heimat" series. In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans emigrated to faraway South America. It was a desperate bid to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Reitz -- who just received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 German Film Awards --chronicles a domestic drama and love story set against the backdrop of this forgotten tragedy. The film is centered around two brothers who realize that only their dreams can save them. Stars Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill and Maximilian Scheidt. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction
(2018) A uniquely intimate look at science fiction's roots, futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas through interviews by host James Cameron with A-list storytellers, stars and other whose careers have defined the field, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver, among many others. Cameron takes us on a journey of discovery and exploration, helping us understand where science fiction's ideas came from - and where they're taking us. A six-episode miniseries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
Legacy of Lies
(2019) Scott Adkins, Honor Kneafsey, Andrea Vasiliou. A decade ago, agent Martin Baxter quit MI6 after his wife’s tragic murder in an operation gone wrong. But when Sacha, a beautiful journalist, asks for help solving an old case, Martin finds himself in the crosshairs of both UK and Russian intelligence. Now, with his daughter held captive by the KGB, Martin has just 24 hours to deliver the secret case files — which means risking both Sacha’s life and his own. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Legacy of Lies." (Lionsgate).
NCIS: The Seventeenth Season
(2019-20) Twenty episodes. NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads a troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane, who built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Other Times. Other Lives" behind-the-scenes with the cast and producers on the intriguing episode, "Ephemera"; "Hallowed Ground: Arizona" featurette; "Inside Season 17" with cast and crew; "The Return of Ziva David" featurette explores the mysterious disappearance and return of the beloved NCIS character after six seasons.(CBS/Paramount).
The Other Lamb
(2019) Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman. For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah has known. Along with a band of similarly cloistered young women she lives seemingly unstuck in time, cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune presided over by a man called Shepherd, a controlling, messiah-like figure with a frightening dark side. But when her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence including her allegiance to the increasingly dangerous Shepherd. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Films).
The Outsider: The Complete First Season
(2019) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy. When 11-year-old Frankie Peterson's body is found mutilated in the Georgia woods, police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) sets out to investigate -- with eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a popular high school teacher, Little League coach, doting husband and father. While the case appears ironclad, Ralph is baffled by the emergence of contradictory evidence that places his suspect in a neighboring city at the time of the murder. The mysterious set of circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, a seasoned cop still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "El Cuco. The Baba Yaga. The Outsider" featurette, "Invitation to Set," "Stephen King and The Outsider," "Jason Bateman and The Outsider," "Adapting The Outsider," "Analyzing Holly Gibney," "The Outsider: Inside Episodes 1-10." (HBO).
Revenge of the Living Dead Girls
(1986-- France) Cornélia Wilms, Kathryn Charly, Anthea Wyler. In 1987, Parisian pornographers Pierre B. Reinhard and Jean-Claude Roy deviated from their usual high-end skin fare to instead create un cassoulet d’atrocités that remains the most extreme French gore film in history. When a trio of vixens is killed by corporate-tainted milk, their nubile corpses will rise from the grave for a Jean-Rollin-meets-Return of the Living Dead orgy of depravity that DVD Drive-In calls “A fetishistic ode to blood, breasts, and brutality.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Revisiting the Revenge" interview with special effects artist Benoit Lestang and writer Jean-Claude Roy, "The Revenge" interview with director Pierre B. Reinhard, "Inside Studio Lestang" interview with special effects artist Benoit Lestang, theatrical trailer. (Severin Films).
The Sin of Nora Moran
(1933) The Poverty Row, Pre-Code marvel that stunned audiences when released in 1933 stars Zita Johann as Nora Moran, a young woman sentenced to death for a murder she did not commit. Awaiting her sentence, Nora explores the patterns of her life in a dream-like haze, including the dark secret that could change not only her own fate, but the fate of those she holds most dear. Directed by Phil Goldstone, "The Sin of Nora Moran" masterfully utilizes flashbacks, dreams and hallucinations to tell the tale of fateful doom, true to the thematic style of the Pre-Code era. New, 4K restoration of the film from the original 35mm camera negative; the DVD is presented in Dolby Stereo and the Blu-ray in DTS, a restored, dual mono original. The release is in collaboration with film historian and producer Sam Sherman and the Independent-International Pictures team and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray (in a special, limited-edition collectible with only 1,500 available). Extras: Documentary narrated by film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman. Blu-ray adds An exclusive collector's booklet with commentary on the production of and response to the film. (The Film Detective).
Thir13en Ghosts Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, Rah Digg, F. Murray Abraham. Remake of the 1960 classic. When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his elegant steel-and-glass mansion, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts that can be seen only through special goggles. Extras: New audio commentary with director Steve Beck; new "Haunted in Canada" interview with actress Shannon Elizabeth; new "The Voice of Reason" interview with actor Matthew Harrison; new "Sophomore Spookshow" interview with producer Gilbert Adler; new "The Juggernaut Speaks" interview with actor John DeSantis; new "The Hammer Speaks" interview with actor Herbert Duncanson; "Thir13en Ghosts Revealed"; "Ghost Files: A Haunted Houseful of Poltergeist Profiles"; original electronic press kit featuring interviews with the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage; audio commentary with director Steve Beck, production designer Sean Hargreaves and special makeup effects artist Howard Berger; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).
The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield
(1968) This is the notorious Mondo mash-up documentary in which a Jayne Mansfield sound-alike narrates footage of Jayne being chased by paparazzi in Rome, wearing bikinis in Cannes and partying with drag queens in Paris, before suddenly veering into graphic photos of her horrific accident and a posthumous tour of her Hollywood mansion. Mickey Hargitay co-stars in this “deranged kaleidoscope of titillating insanity” (Film Threat), scanned from the 35mm Something Weird archival print.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: SD video master version of feature; "The Devil & Jayne" interview with Anton LaVey biographer Blanche Barton; "Wild, Weird, Wonderful Italians" 1966 Italian Mondo, scanned from 35mm print from the Something Weird archives; trailer. (Severin Films).
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